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Banks that fail poor to be named and shamed
Heather Greig-Smith
Date: 30th Nov 2004
Banks that fail to improve their basic service for low income customers will be named and shamed early next year, banking code monitors warned this week. ...more

Milburn to unveil changes on charity funding
Patrick Wintour
Date: 30th Nov 2004
Radical changes in funding for charities will allow improvement in services to the public over the next five years, Alan Milburn, the Labour election coordinator, will say today. ...more

Pension crisis ‘may increase child poverty’
Jamie Carpenter
Date: 30th Nov 2004
Government plans to end child poverty by 2020 could be seriously undermined if parents are forced to save more to avoid hardship in retirement, according to research published this week....more

Isle of Whithorn: Scottish Community of the Year 2004
Rural Community Gateway
Date: 29th Nov 2004
Pesenting awards, Prince Charles pays tribute to this year's top community, the Isle of Whithorn, which has bounced back after two disasters in the last five years. ...more

Scheme for disabled people wins award
Regeneration magazine
Date: 29th Nov 2004
A Shetland-based project providing support and employment to adults with disabilities was this week named winner of the Scottish Dynamic Place award for 2004....more

Cleaner streets can give councils a lift
Regeneration magazine
Date: 29th Nov 2004
Clean streets and better access to services impress residents more than council tax comparisons with other areas, according to research group MORl. ...more

Loan sharks to be challenged
New start magazine
Date: 28th Nov 2004
The government has confirmed plans to allow people being charged exorbitant rates of interest to take their case to an independent ombudsman, as part of a consumer credit bill....more

Jobless could find work through online auctions.
New Start
Date: 26th Nov 2004
The creation of a series of state-sponsored online auction websites could herald huge opportunities for micro enterprises and bring disadvantaged people back into the labour market....more

New plans to help home buyers in Scotland
Communities Scotland
Date: 25th Nov 2004
Executive scheme will 'allow more people to take a first step into home ownership, and help owners whose properties are scheduled for demolition'. ...more

‘Charity’ to get Scottish definition
Third Sector
Date: 24th Nov 2004
Scottish charities to comply with principles of public benefit in statute by 2006; case law plus discretion of Charity Commission to decide status in England and Wales ...more

Big business bleeding poorest areas
Henry Palmer
Date: 23rd Nov 2004
Big businesses lured into UK's poorest neighbourhoods holding back regeneration by siphoning off profits from local entrepreneurs - think tank...more

Scots greens deride flash rail link
New Start
Date: 23rd Nov 2004
£500m underground link connecting Edinburgh Airport to major Scottish cities 'will under-mine local transport services without delivering predicted benefits'...more

Devolution 'fails to restore faith in political system'
Regeneration magazine
Date: 23rd Nov 2004
Devolution in Scotland and Wales has failed to improve perceptions about the way the UK is governed, new research claims....more

Safer neighbourhoods bill unveiled
The Guardian
Date: 23rd Nov 2004
Underage drinkers face fines and the witnesses and victims of antisocial behaviour will be given protection under a safer neighbourhoods bill introduced in the Queen's speech today....more

Bill to revamp charity sector introduced to Scottish Parliament
Regeneration
Date: 22nd Nov 2004
Legislation aimed at increasing public confidence in Scotland's charities has been introduced at Holyrood....more

Voluntary funding from state 'has grown sharply under Labour'
Third Sector
Date: 22nd Nov 2004
But despite hikes, financial support of sector still a smaller part of total government budget than under Conservative administration of the 1980s....more

Horizon Scotland opens for business
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Date: 22nd Nov 2004
A ground breaking, £2 million business incubation centre has opened at The Enterprise Park, Forres.

 

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Dockyard at heart of town’s regeneration
Regeneration magazine
Date: 22nd Nov 2004
A historic dockyard that closed in the 1950s is to be redeveloped as part of plans for the regeneration of Falkirk in Scotland....more

Bank accounts for all may become law
Regeneration magazine
Date: 22nd Nov 2004
Legislation could be introduced force high street banks to open accounts for everyone, it was revealed this week. ...more

Enterprise in education funding
Scottish Executive
Date: 19th Nov 2004
Additional funding of £44 million for the two years up to 2008 for the Executive's Determined to Succeed (DtS) strategy for enterprise in education was announced this week. ...more

Shake-up at Scottish Enterprise
Sharon Ward
Date: 18th Nov 2004
Changes include streamlining in the number of targets and more power for local enterprise companies...more

Social landlords won’t lose out in housing bill
Joey Gardiner
Date: 17th Nov 2004
Proposals in the Housing Bill to allow private developers to apply for social housing grants will not give them an unfair advantage over social landlords, the ODPM has insisted....more

Red tape chokes service delivery
third Sector
Date: 17th Nov 2004
Charities delivering public services are carrying an overwhelming burden of paperwork, according to new research from Acevo....more

Charity report exposes recruitment frailties
New Start magazine
Date: 17th Nov 2004
The voluntary sector has been accused of under-investment in staff development after a new survey revealed that just over 10% of chief executives had been recruited from within....more

Prescott gives coalfields trust three more years of funding
New Start magazine
Date: 17th Nov 2004
'The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been given an extra £35m, safeguarding its future until at least 2008....more

Exec challenges power companies on fuel poverty
practical help
Date: 16th Nov 2004
Chisholm calls for three main energy companies to peg bills to elderly households, as part of drive to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland by 2016. ...more

New Crofting laws could solve rural housing crisis
Scottish Housing News
Date: 15th Nov 2004
New crofts could be built in the Cairngorms National Park in a bid to solve to the rural housing shortage....more

Locals urged to buy isle
Regeneration magazine
Date: 12th Nov 2004
South Uist's community is being urged to take on the ownership and management of the estate in which they live in what could be the largest community buyout in Scottish history....more

Scots youth crime up by a third, says study
Regeneration magazine
Date: 12th Nov 2004
The number of persistent young offenders in Scotland has soared by more than a third since 2000, statistics published last week by the Scottish Executive reveal....more

RADIKAL funding to help new businesses
Scottish Executive
Date: 12th Nov 2004
A project which provides Scottish businesses with expertise in advanced and innovative manufacturing is to receive funding worth £487,388....more

Buyout bid may spur owner action
Regeneration magazine
Date: 12th Nov 2004
The Scottish Executive could face large compensation claims from landowners because of delays caused by community buyout proposals, it emerged last week....more

Refreshed Smart Successful Scotland
Scottish Executive
Date: 11th Nov 2004

Jim Wallace directs Scottish Enterprise (SEn) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to form more effective partnerships with other bodies in Scotland to deliver greater economic growth.

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Procurement’s top man is ‘serious about sector’
Tim West
Date: 10th Nov 2004

The UK's top procurement officer, John Scowen, has expressed his 'serious' commitment to social enterprise.

 

 

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SCVO labels charity monitoring system as ‘too ambitious’
Third Sector magazine
Date: 10th Nov 2004
The first system for comprehensively monitoring the activities of Scottish charities has been attacked as intrusive by umbrella body the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations....more

Jobs relocated to rural communities
Scottish Executive
Date: 10th Nov 2004
Two communities in the Highlands and Islands are to benefit from the relocation of Scottish government jobs, it has been announced....more

Credit unions poised to offer mortgages to their members
New Start magazine
Date: 9th Nov 2004
Credit unions can now offer members 25-year mortgages after the Financial Services Authority took over regulation of the mortgage industry last week....more

Social businesses gain protected legal status
Henry Palmer
Date: 9th Nov 2004
Social enterprises are finally to be given a separate legal status after legislation to introduce community interest companies received royal assent last week....more

Post-CAP farmers encouraged to innovate
Scottish Executive
Date: 9th Nov 2004
Arable farmers should be innovative in identifying new opportunities for their businesses, the annual Scottish Crops Conference was told today....more

Post-CAP farmers encouraged to innovate
Scottish Executive
Date: 9th Nov 2004
Arable farmers should be innovative in identifying new opportunities for their businesses, the annual Scottish Crops Conference was told today....more

West Lothian to represent enterprising Scotland
HIE
Date: 8th Nov 2004
West Lothian has been officially declared the winner of the competition to find Scotland's representative in the finals of Enterprising Britain 2005....more

DTI Blamed for Loan Sharks Let off
Regeneration magazine
Date: 8th Nov 2004
The Government's decision not to introduce a limit on loan interest rates was based on "false information", anti-debt campaigners claimed this week....more

Jobs relocated to rural communities
Scottish Executive
Date: 8th Nov 2004
Two communities in the Highlands and Islands are to benefit from the relocation of Scottish government jobs, it was announced today....more

National Youth Justice results
Scottish Executive
Date: 6th Nov 2004
Comprehensive performance information on the number of young people involved in offending and the time taken by local authorities and the police to deal with them has been published by the Scottish executive...more

Drive to curb youth crime fails
The Scotsman
Date: 6th Nov 2004
Youth crime in Scotland is much worse than previously thought and officials are failing to tackle the problem, according to new figures. ...more

Consumers ‘turned off’ by banks
Third Sector
Date: 2nd Nov 2004
Consumers perceive high street banks to be uncaring and profit-obsessed, according to research by charity banking specialists Triodos. ...more

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics updated.
Scottish Executive
Date: 2nd Nov 2004
The Scottish Executive has published a quarterly update of its programme to improve the availability, consistency and accessibility of small area statistics in Scotland. ...more

Ministers in climbdown on super-casinos
Scotsman
Date: 2nd Nov 2004
The Government was today considering offering new concessions over its controversial Gambling Bill after a major revolt halved its majority. ...more

‘In-crowd’ gets English funding as publicity fails to bite
New Start
Date: 2nd Nov 2004
An ‘in-crowd’ of voluntary and community groups in the most deprived parts of England has snapped up around three-quarters of a £182m neighbourhood renewal fund. ...more

New aero engine factory takes off
BBC
Date: 1st Nov 2004
Rolls-Royce's new £85m aero engine factory in Renfrewshire has been opened. Almost 1,000 jobs have been safeguarded ...more
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